RV Cooking Show – White Bean Pesto Dip and Central Massachusetts

September 2, 2010 by Evanne Schmarder · 5 Comments  
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We’ve been dedicated tenters, pop-up lovers, travel trailer testers, and 5th wheel dwellers…and made lots of terrific friends along the way. One set of friends recently hit a milestone in their business – Pine Acres Family Camping Resort in Oakham, MA celebrated their 50th year as a family owned/operated park – three generations strong! Randy and Denise invited us out to celebrate (and helped us add “cabin campers” to the list) and graciously agreed to film this episode of the RV Cooking Show. 

They turned us on to a neat local garlic farm that specializes in pesto making – Linabella’s Gourmet Garlic Farm. In this episode we got out and about, visited Jeff (and his sweet silent partner – watch and you’ll see what I mean) at the farm and returned to the camp to make a quick and easy white bean pesto dip – what I consider an Italian hummus. It’s quite versatile. Not only can you serve it as a dip but it’s great as a fancy dinner accompaniment or a sandwich spread. What else? Your imagination is the limit!

Denise also shared a few of her fav local things to do in the area and I’ve got plenty more (including links) on this RV TV episode’s webpage – White Bean Pesto Dip and Central Massachusetts. It’s a rather short show this time so sit back, relax and enjoy a few minutes of RVing possibilities. As always, you can find the recipe on my website (plus a “how-to” on whipping up a great batch of pesto) but this dish is easy enough to store away in your personal “hard drive” to be retrieved at a moment’s notice when you’ve been invited to an impromptu potluck or party. The ingredients store well and can be kept on hand almost indefinitely…luv it
Enjoy your holiday…take advantage of every opportunity to get out, meet and make friends, share stories and delicious dishes…RV life is good!


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5 Responses to “RV Cooking Show – White Bean Pesto Dip and Central Massachusetts”

  1. Bob on October 13th, 2010 9:05 pm

    Good day Evanne,

    Some time back you posted a campfire pinecone recipe to create a variety of different color flames in the old campfire. In the post you caution against burning different colors together. I am curious as to why they should not be burned together. Is there a safety concern or is it simply aesthetics?

    Thanks for all your interesting posts and recipes.

    Winnipeg, Manitoba

  2. Evanne Schmarder on October 14th, 2010 6:48 am

    Hi Bob,

    What a great memory you have. That blog post – Campfire Pinecone Recipe – is from August 2008!

    Here’s the link –

    I’m no chemist but from the recipe it appears that mixing the chemicals that make the colors is unsafe. So, stick to safety…burn only one color at a time.

    Again, this is simply my humble observation…not a scientific comment.


  3. Evanne Schmarder on October 16th, 2010 4:05 pm

    Hi Bob,

    What a memory you have! The blog post you refer to is from August 2008 – Campfire Pinecone Recipe – here’s the link:

    The recipe says not to mix the colors: “Each of these chemicals make a different colored flame and different chemicals cost more than others. You should only make one color of cone at one time and should never burn different colors together, so there’s no need to buy every chemical.”

    I’m not a chemist, scientist or other lab hot-shot (tho I did stay in an RV park last night) but I’m thinking the chemicals could adversely react if combined. Not a good thing and definitely a safety concern. So keep ‘em separate and enjoy the show.

    Thanks for the kind words…see you around the campfire?


    PS – I’m thinking these would make really wonderful holiday gifts for your favorite campers.

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